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1. HiSET Blast
HiSET® Program eUpdate | December 2014
Social Studies and Writing Webinars
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Please note: Passing score for HiSET essay continues to be 2 for 2015.
RECORDING (21 min)
Click here http://hiset.ets.org/s/pdf/scored_sample_writing_responses.pdf to peruse scored sample essays.
wants to share this WebEx recording with you.
The HiSET® program would like to extend warm holiday wishes to everyone during this special time of year. This has been our first full year of testing and we are excited about all we were able to accomplish — in providing a more affordable and accessible option to states. We owe our success to all of the states, territories and tribal nations that have chosen to adopt the HiSET exam. We definitely couldn't have done it without your feedback and support. We are eager to build upon the success of 2014, as we move into 2015. We look forward to working with our existing clients and with new states seeking alternatives to high school equivalency. Happy holidays and a prosperous new year!
Test Center Reminders
It's the holiday season and many of us are taking vacations after a busy year! If you are unable to reach your normal Test Administrative Services representative, please remember to email firstname.lastname@example.org so that another representative can assist you. ETS has coverage in place for anyone out on vacation and we will be able to serve you quickly in the event your representative is taking some time off for the holidays. You can also call Test Administrative Services (TAS) at 1-800-257-5123 and you will be directed to an available representative. ETS will be closed on December 24–26, 2014, for the holidays, as well as January 1–2, 2015, for the New Year's holiday.
ETS will be undergoing system maintenance on Sunday, January 4, 2015. Registration, scheduling and testing will be unavailable on this day. Centers will receive a separate communication regarding opening up on Monday, January 5, 2015, as some action will be required when you reboot your machines.
For PBT Centers:
If you have any questions about your 2015 materials orders, please feel free to reach out to TAS at 1-800-257-5123. If you find that you have received more materials than you expected, please return those materials using the 2014 materials return instructions. A quick reminder — any used and unused materials from 2014 should be returned at the end of your testing year.
HiSET® Practice Test Options:
There are three HiSET Practice Test options available for order and download. The 2014 Paid Practice Tests (PPT) and the 2014 Free Online Practice Tests (FPT) can still be used for preparation throughout 2015. We have added the Official Practice Test for state directors, educators and administrators to use as pretests.
Answer sheets for the PPTs and FPTs are available on the HiSET Download Library. They can be photocopied and reused as many times as necessary. By March 2015, we will add more practice tests that are comprised of released operational items.
The 2015 Official Practice Tests (OPTs) are:
* Note: Orders for OPTs will be delayed. The scoring scales are currently being reviewed to align with the HiSET exam.
The 2014 PPTs are:
The 2014 FPTs are:
For more information about the HiSET program, contact us.
Montana HSE Information: January
Montana HiSET PSA Template 1/14/15:
The PSA templates that were requested of HiSET have arrived.
Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/HiSET/HiSET_Montana_PSA_Examples.docx for HiSET PSA template. This is offered as examples that can be rewritten, or edited, at your discretion.
Montana HiSET Resources
Check out the shared resources on the HiSET Resource page at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/HiSET/hiset_resources.htm.
Remember: Some of the resources have been teacher-designed resources that may be changed as teachers learn more by experience with HiSET and more vendor HiSET materials become available.
Have you created or found any resources that you are willing to share? Please email them to MTLINCS.
HiSET Success: Montana
Do you have a HiSET success story you want to share with us and others? If so, we want to hear it. Email Margaret Bowles with details. Include "HiSET Success Story" in your subject line.
2. Montana Instruction Ideas
Check out Posting #3.
3. Montana Math Webinar
Welcome to the Montana Math Webinars!
The introductory webinar will be:
Wednesday, January 21 at 11:05 a.m. OR Thursday, January 22 at 12:05 p.m. The introductory webinar should last 15 minutes. We are testing the equipment and software.
If these times do not work for you, the webinars will be archived. The links to the archived webinars will be emailed to the group.
Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/Math/math_webinars2015.html for more information and resources.
4. Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources
Click here for MT_ABE_Regional_Mtgs_ Labor_Market_Information_Nov_2014.
Click here for Montana Job Projections 2012-2022.
Click here for Montana Job Projections Spreadsheet.
Click here to access all MPF Resources.
5. WIOA Update: WIOA Timeline
WIOA Montana Updates:
1/9/15: WIOA Regulations
The document below
announces the regulations for WIOA will not be released in January. A spring
release is now the target date. OCTAE has not released any statements on the
impact on our required due dates. The Montana state WIOA partners have agreed
to start meeting in early February to begin our Unified Plan regardless of the
lack of regulation release. The common belief is that we need to get started.
I will keep you posted as I receive information.
Margaret Bowles, Adult Literacy and Basic Education Director
Q. When will the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Notice of Proposed Rulemaking be published?
A. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), enacted July 22, 2014, provides many opportunities to advance a customer-centered workforce investment system driven by the needs of job seekers and employers, to support strong regional economies, and to provide individuals with pathways to the middle class and beyond.
WIOA establishes an aggressive timeframe for the Departments of Labor and Education to publish a set of regulations for implementation. The Departments continue to work diligently together to develop these regulations, informed in part by outreach to outside stakeholders, as appropriate. While we continue to work toward completion of this important and complex proposal, the publication of the proposed regulations is currently anticipated to occur in Spring 2015, rather than January 18, 2015, as stipulated in WIOA.
In Spring 2015, the Departments of Labor and Education plan to concurrently publish five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) to implement WIOA. One of these will be a joint NPRM involving jointly administered activities including unified and combined state plans, performance, and aspects of the one-stop system. Another NPRM will implement the remaining provisions of Title I and Title III that are administered by the Department of Labor. Three additional NPRMs involve Department of Education programs, including one implementing Title II Adult Education and Literacy and two implementing the Title IV Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 of WIOA. These five NPRMs will be published in the Federal Register and posted on www.regulations.gov, where public comments can be submitted following publication. The Departments of Labor and Education will analyze these public comments, and anticipate issuing Final Rules implementing WIOA in early 2016.
Because many provisions of WIOA go into effect July 1, 2015, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) also will issue operating guidance in Spring 2015 to support implementation. In addition, ETA intends to issue targeted guidance documents in the Spring, accompanied by technical assistance activities. Once issued, the guidance can be accessed at www.doleta.gov/WIOA/.
To achieve successful implementation and the full vision of WIOA, ETA will continue to consult with the workforce system and strongly advises states and local areas to begin planning and taking action to prepare to implement WIOA immediately. There are legislative and technical assistance tools currently available at www.doleta.gov/wioa that can support initial WIOA transitional activities.
Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/wioa/wioa_updates.html to access Montana WIOA: Chunking Pertinent Information for Montana.
6. Disabilities Discussion: Snippets from Disabilities & Correctional Ed – A Special Discussion
Taken from LINCS Notice
7. Employability Skills Framework Webinars Now Archived
Taken from LINCS Notice
8. ESOL: Webinar – Program Models and Resources for Serving English Language Learners
Taken from LINCS Notice
LaGuardia Community College/CUNY
National College Transition NetworkNew England Learner Persistence ProjectNew England Literacy Resource Center
9. GED® Completion Rates Discussion Continues: Another Snippet
Taken from LINCS Career Pathways
10. Professional Development Discussion: What’s Happening in State Professional Development
Taken from LINCS Notice
11. Reading: Snippets Continue from Book Study on Reading for Understanding - How Reading Apprenticeship Improves Disciplinary Learning in Secondary and College Classrooms
Taken from LINCS Assessment
Have you had a chance to follow the discussion about Reading Apprenticeship? If not, click here to join the Reading Apprenticeship micro group. See snippets below of the conversations that are occurring. Other snippets have been posted in last week's MTLINCS:
On sharing reading history and interests...
I want to second Holly's comments about intentionally allowing time and space for students to share their reading history and interests.
I love that the opportunity to share reading history and interests allows the classroom to be student-centered. I think it also highlights the idea that our relationship with reading began a long time ago, and we need to acknowledge the good and bad in that relationship to move forward. Once I started including reading history surveys and student interviews, the level of understanding and compassion increased amongst everyone (teacher included), and created a much richer classroom environment. This is huge for breaking down - or at least softening - some barriers students may have to improving their reading skills.
Another similarity is letting the student know it is okay if they are confused or do not understand what they do not know or are reading. I always assure my students that (we) are all learning together. I try to make them understand that it is okay to ask questions when they do not know as well. Sometimes, the adult learners are embarrassed because of their age, to ask questions and not because of looking a certain way in front of their peers, but because they feel they should know certain things at their age.
Quote on page 68 – “Confusion is the perfect starting place for learning.”
This is a great example of how the RA strategies shift thinking away from the idea that if you don’t “get it”, you’re stupid. Students can now embrace confusion as a way of pinpointing a place of growth in their learning.
This quote above from page 68 goes along with the line on page 70, “It’s important to know what you don’t know”. I’ve heard this idea described as the first step on the path to wisdom.
I’ve found that once students can accept that it’s not only okay to be confused, it is necessary, they can move forward more easily. A good example is introducing vocabulary in context, when students have to use context clues to guess the meaning of the word …
12. Standards: New Resources for CCR Standards-based Professional Development
Taken from LINCS Notice
New professional development materials are now available to support your effective implementation of college and career readiness (CCR) standards. There are eight professional development units—four for English language arts/literacy and four for mathematics. Each replicates a key activity offered during the CCR Standards Implementation Institutes, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in 2014.
The units revolve around the key instructional advances that identify the most significant parts of the CCR Standards for Adult Education. So crucial to preparing adult students for postsecondary success!
• A facilitator’s guide, participant materials, and an annotated PowerPoint presentation are provided for each unit. Sample training agendas are also included.
To access these new resources visit the CCR Standards Project page or the LINCS Resource Collection. Be sure to share these CCR standards-based resources with your adult education program staff and interested colleagues.
The LINCS Community
13. Writing: Teaching Writing by Using Online Videos
Taken from LINCS Reading and Writing
One suggestion -- for building your own lessons, not for a set of existing adult ed lesson plans -- is online video presentations teaching writing that are suitable for adult learners. I wouldn't describe the videos I have seen as exceptional, highly engaging, or brilliantly produced; however, most are clear, short, and might offer ways in which students who are having trouble with certain writing challenges could get a different perspective. A couple of years ago I worked with a group of adult secondary education writing teachers from around the country to put together a list of these writing videos and video sites. You will find it at https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6715575/ASE%20Writing%20Videos%2010.22.13.docx If you are interested, the same group also reviewed some of the videos. You will find their reviews at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B9_b_rWsMMzZlq1gE003c9kj_KthZo5XJqFr2szvJ8g/edit?usp=sharing
David J. Rosen
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